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The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

Do you remember some of the great books of our childhood? Books that have stayed with you your entire life? I asked this a few years back and got a great list. How about a new round?

Books you loved (or that you're sharing with your own kids now). Books that stand the test of time, and will be here for many, many generation into the future...

#favoritebooks   #classicbooks   #childrensbooks   #velveteenrabbit  

For me, it was always anything by Bill Peet and Richard Scary, The Little Engine That Could  by Watty Piper, Charlotte's Web  by E.B. White, James and the Giant Peach  by Roald Dahl, Curious George  by H.A. Rey, From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler  by E.L. Konigsburg, The Hobbit  by J.R.R. Tolkien, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh  by Robert C. O'Brien, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel  by Virginia Lee Burton (a top fav) ... all The Encyclopedia Brown books, and always, always, everything by The Three Investigators!

Of course, there are hundreds and hundreds more as I was always that boy  who would read anything he could get his hands on!


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+Giselle Minoli - I think reading or re-reading many of these as an adult is a very worthwhile endeavor. I certainly picked up nuances in Le Petit Prince in rereading as an adult that I didn't understand when I first read it as a child...
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I thought I'd amplify this a bit for +Ethan Smith since many of my tech people have helped me before.

Do you have some suggestions and advice for him, road warriors?

Please comment on the original post, and tell him I sent you! .:.

#roadwarrior   #frequentflyer   #gadgetadvice   #helpingothers  
I need some tech gadget advice. I'm going to be flying a lot soon, and my laptop is a monstrosity. I often see people using tablets on planes. They seem a good choice for 2 reasons: 1. Easy to fit in cramped areas 2. Seem to have long battery life (don't understand why)

Are tablets a good choice? What's a good tablet? What about those crazy laptops with the detachable screen?

The line between tablet and computer seems to be getting fuzzy. I'd like the option to code, so I need a keyboard and ability to run Eclipse. I'm really tempted to abandon Windows and OSX and run Ubuntu.

Anyway, I figured I'd trust the experience of the people I know here. 
You all know I will support +Mike Searle  and +Angel Searle until the end of time! I love them, and since Blaine and I won't be having kids, we live vicariously through them, and through all my parents friends here.

Help if you can!

#gofundme   #searleadoptionfund     #adoption   #baby   #family  
So...! Our son was in a hurry and was born six weeks early. Glen Parker Searle was born at 10:30 pm on April 20th weighing in at a whopping 5 lbs, 2 oz. He is doing beautifully! Of course, him being born early has thrown us into a fritzing panic of trying to get everything done on time. Thankfully, our social worker and lawyer are bending over backward to help us. We need to be able to write two checks this Thursday (yes, Thursday!!!) for $1,350 and $1,500 respectively. If you can help at all, even if it's only a prayer and a share - we appreciate it all so much. We're trusting God to get us through the final hurdle and thanking him profusely for our healthy little boy. Thank you so much for your support. ~ ♥
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Thanks so much, +Sean Cowen!
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Freddie Mercury Riding Darth Vader

Your argument is invalid. And yes, that is a Disco-ized Darth. ha!

#starwarstuesday   #starwars   #darthvader   #freddiemercury   #queen  

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Do Your Kids Want To Write to their Favorite Disney Characters? They Can!

This is great for your kids and you can show them what an actual letter used to look like. :-) Write to the attention of their chosen character, and you'll receive a letter back and an autographed picture. How cool is that!

#disney   #waltdisney   #disneycharacters   #letterwriting   #autographedphoto   #kidsactivities   #kidstuff   #disneylove  

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Kid does it...cute. Daddy does it...creepy. #daddydiscrimination :)
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Dear Bibliophiles, Take This Test.

This definitely will help us all with self-diagnosis. I already knew the outcome, but it was good to see the results. As one who started +BIBLIOMATIC I was sure this was one test I would ace. I did. :-)

#bibliophile   #booklovers   #readers   #addictedtobooks   #bookaddict   #worldbookday  
Just one more chapter, I promise.
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It's a good thing +Sean don't worry. I panic if by the middle of the book
I'm reading I don't have the next book ready to read!
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We All Need a Hug from an 8-Foot Monster Sometimes

And there's probably nothing better than a Sulley hug, as all kids know.

In the first film, Sulley was top scarer of Monsters, Inc., and was naturally afraid of humans, due to their rumored "toxic touch" that could kill the biggest monsters in an instant... until he met Boo, a human girl who found her way into the monster world and into the factory.

Sulley, who was initially hesitant, became Boo's protector and obtained a fatherly role to the human. Constantly worrying about her and protecting her from harm while at the same time unlocking the secrets that humans were not as deadly as rumored. Starting by treating Boo like a pet, he eventually grew to care for her, the attention drawing away from a jealous Mike.

Randall Boggs, Sulley's rival who also wants to be top scarer, tries to use Boo in an experiment to forcibly extract screams for the growing energy crisis that relies on their cries to provide, and risking his friendship with Mike, Sulley comes to her rescue and in the process discovers that a child's laughter is 10 times more powerful than scream.

Sometime after Mr. Waternoose, the CEO of Monsters, Inc., is arrested by the CDA, Sulley becomes the new CEO and changes the policy to obtain children's laughter instead, apparently turning the energy crisis around.

Sometime after the events of the film, Sulley announces Put That Thing Back Where It Came From Or So Help Me, a company play that stars Mike, who has also directed, written, and produced the play, in front of the audience, and he appears in the play as a co-star.

#monstersinc   #pixar   #hugs   #monster   #sulley  


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I think 13 years is a good long time to wait for spoilers. :-) Not my words, the links...
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The Road Trip ... Where Would You Go?

Okay. Let's say you purchased this old bus, and you were going to have the most EPIC of all #roadtrips . Three questions for you:

1. Where would you go?
2. Who would you bring along with you from the G+'ers?
3. What would be inside the bus? Decor, supplies, tech etc.

This isn't limited to The States. Your road trip might be in Australia, or in the UK. It might be throughout the EC, or all over South America. It might be a tour of Africa. Heck, you might even have a road trip through Asia, into China and Mongolia and Tibet.

Or maybe it's throughout Scandinavia towards the Pole. Maybe (my dream) it's traveling throughout New Zealand and Australia! Anything goes with this BUS dream!

The point is: what would YOUR dream road trip look like?

#roadtrip   #hittingtheroad   #worldtravel   #seeingtheworld   #bustrips   #traveling   #worldexplore   #exploringtheglobe  

via Pinterest, and random at that...
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Solar powered chargers... gadgets... cameras.... #gopro3 
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Detention of the Dead - a really, really  bad Zombie flick

Alright, are you looking for total mindless entertainment? Something you know is a C or D movie at best? This is your film. Ripe with cliches and ripoffs of other genre films (ahem, The Breakfast Club anyone?), you'll find yourself groaning (and occasionally laughing). It's unbelievable how many other films are completely ripped-off here. But perfect for a weekend fun fest (or watching in a hangout). Or probably it was best on 420. cough

Have fun with it - that's about the best you're going to get. And yes, I actually did watch this 90-minute film that should have been 15, tops.

A great, destroying review from Pop Matters

#zombies   #zombiemovies   #dawnofthedead   #breakfastclub   #teenflicks   #badmovies   #reallybadmovies   #highschool     #badacting101  
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Watched it on XBox when they offered it on a free zombie-movie weekend. It was well-priced.
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Spiderman Live Google+ Shoppable Hangout - Today!

Today, Apr 21, 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM ET | 2:00 PM - 2:30PM PT
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Join the first-ever movie-themed Google+ Shoppable Hangout for a LIVE Q&A with Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, and Director Marc Webb.

Watch and Share your thoughts on the  #SpiderManHangout

#spiderman2   #amazingspiderman2   #shoppablehangout   #HOA   #film   #movies  
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Public Speaker, Writer, Bookseller... Evangelist for Google+ and Founder of +Friday Night Sessions, +Helping Others, and +PORTFOLIO.
About Me

I started on Google+ back in June of 2011, and I think I've learned a thing or two along the way. I tend to be an eclectic writer; I often post on topics such as world travel, NASA, literature, science, archaeology, steampunk, space, technology and sci-fi. I'm as apt to post about vintage retro robots as I am to post about a new tech gadget, or a book I've just completed. I'm a major fan of Tolkien and anything Star Wars, a fan of classic poetry and literature, and emerging writers. I'm an amateur WWII and Civil War historian as well.

My posts generally have some sort of wow or cool factor to them (I strive for the *fun and interesting* label always), and as I've done somewhere in the neighborhood of 10,000+ posts at this point, I think I've put together a pretty good collection of writings.

My Social World

A bit more about me... I'm also a huge fan of photography, art, illustration, comics, music, and films. I've been a rare bookseller and book scout for over 15 years. Formerly, I lived in Prague, the Czech Republic (in Central Europe) for seven years where I managed a catering business, was a barista, rolled beer barrels in an Irish pub, wrote a few films, wrote a lot of poetry, rubbed elbows with Literati who visited Praha and where I was a bookseller at The Globe Bookstore and Cafe, the first English-speaking bookshop in Central Europe.

Places I have visited: Canada, Great Britain, Scotland, Ireland, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Finland, NASA. Places I have lived: Iowa, Maryland, Nevada, California, Ohio, Prague, and for one, brief shining moment, Dingle Ireland.

I created +Friday Night Sessions and +Helping Others, as well as +The Google+ Traveling Book Project. I am also a very active page manager for +I Am Sherlocked and the creator of the fan page for Ryan Van Sickle (a great Indie musician on G+). It's called 
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For 2012 and 2013 I was an Official Elf for +Secret Santa. I attended the NASA Juno Launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral: lifetime dream fulfilled. Graduate of the Dave Ramsey EntreLeadership course in Nashville, limited to 100 entrepreneurs. I'm most proud recently of being a Dale Carnegie Graduate Coach. I truly enjoy working with my students, and I learn new things from every class. I'm now a Senior Carnegie Graduate Coach, and I just finished being a Graduate Coach for the third time!
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